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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Burma

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Shem-Tov, NA, UK
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2271
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Cocos, Malpelo, French Polynesia, Truk, Maldives, Red Sea,
Indonesia, Galapagos, Carribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
5   to 30    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No, except when imminently steaming, we were requested to limit to 60
minutes  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Very generous space.  Plenty of electrical points, both 110 and 220.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
A return for me to the excellent Ocean Rover, which must rank as the MOST
COMFORTABLE and BEST MANAGED liveaboard operation I have used (and I have
been on several.)  Everyone on board from cruise director to room attendant
and in the back office is completely committed to making your holiday
exceptional.  Superbly designed and very comfortable accomodations.  Every
detail thought of and almost every desire anticipated and catered for. The
best diving was at Richelieu Rock (Thailand) and Black Rock (Myanmar.) 
Enjoyed 4-5 dives on most days.  (BTW, on Black Rock I was given the
opportunity to visit the Anggun, which was moored there at the same time. 
The Anggun, OR and Aqua One are considered Thailand's top liveaboards. 
Shown around by friendly crew and shown several types of cabins, so I could
make comparisons.  Anggun more attractive on the outside, smaller and
narrower - with 7-max 14 guests as opposed to OR's 8 cabins-max 16 guests. 
The cabins are generally comparable, with the exception of the two smallest
ones and the large master bedroom.  Offers blended Nitrox as opposed to
membrane-filtered.  Space restricted on the dive deck with very limited
facilities for photographers.  Spoke to guests who seemed very satisfied
and raved about the food.  I would stick with OR, but Anggun offers shorter
itineraries and would be a very acceptable alternative.)
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